Vagus nerve stimulation for the treatment of bilateral independent temporal lobe epilepsy

Taoufik M. Alsaadi, Kenneth D. Laxer, Nicholas M. Barbaro, William J. Marks, Paul A. Garcia

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Abstract

Purpose: We studied the effect of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) on seizure reduction in patients with intractable epilepsy with bilateral independent temporal lobe foci. Methods: Ten patients who met the criterion of the presence of two distinctive clinical and ictal EEG seizure patterns were identified and followed up for 1 year. Results: Six patients had >50% reduction in their seizure frequency that persisted up to ≥1 year of follow-up, whereas four patients reported small or no reduction in their partial seizures. Conclusions: VNS is often effective and well tolerated in this select group of intractable epilepsy patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)954-956
Number of pages3
JournalEpilepsia
Volume42
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 5 2001

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Keywords

  • Bilateral independent temporal lobe epilepsy
  • Vagus nerve stimulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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Alsaadi, T. M., Laxer, K. D., Barbaro, N. M., Marks, W. J., & Garcia, P. A. (2001). Vagus nerve stimulation for the treatment of bilateral independent temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsia, 42(7), 954-956. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1528-1157.2001.042007954.x